Originally Posted by tom.mcfarlane
Yeah I know exactly what we did wrong, got excited after the summer last year and hoped for the same again...
Its gonna be hot from Tuesday this week I think.
I remember reading a book about some guys who sailed a Wayfarer from Iceland to the UK, maybe in the 80ís. Fair play to them, but how could they miss out on so many harbours/pubs?
That'll be Frank Dye (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Dye
). He was an adventurer beyond all belief. I think he actually went UK to Iceland. Also did UK to Norway.
Nearly died a few times in the process.
These new adventurers are probably not taking the same risks. They can turn to port at any time and be at a safe haven in <12 hrs. The have electrics, gas stove, sat comms, GPS mapping etc. If it all goes wrong the will get rescued. When things went wrong for Frank no-one knew!
However, they are stretching the limits still. They are trying to break a record - so not hugging the coast. 220mile sea open passages. They have to have enough food on board for 30days. They can't carry that much water so have to make it on the way. Frank was at sea 11 days for his longest passage I think. They need kit for 3 times longer than that.
Frank did it in Oil Skins and a Wooly Jumper. These guys are in dry suits. But you can't do a poo in a drysuit so they need to take it off every time nature calls and because they are trying to break a record (or 4) they aren't even going to stop the boat to do it... One of them got diarrhoea a few days in...